They say the quickest route is a straight line between two points. The drive up Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) through Sonoma County isn’t that straight line. The road — sometimes zigging and others, zagging — offers some of the most dramatic, exquisite scenery in the country. The craggy cliffs overlook pounding surf below. On the east side of the road, redwood-covered hills jut straight up to the sky. Travelers who find themselves on this road are constantly wondering what will be around the next bend.
And the next; and the one after that. Then, around one curve you see it — a warm glow, a light that beckons travelers to stop and stay awhile. This is Timber Cove Inn (21780 N. Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 800-987-8319), one of Sunset Magazine's "10 Hideaways by the Sea."
Choose an ocean-, cove-, or forest-view room and prepare to be dazzled by the natural beauty. Ponder at the romance. Romance can be defined as adventure, excitement, mystery, and, yes, love. Timber Cove Inn’s location is “romantic” in every sense of the word.
There is something mysterious about the rugged coastline; each wave that crashes into the rocks below and each sunset that dips into the horizon is unique and will never be repeated, so they must be enjoyed, and savored like a great glass of wine. The ocean fog hangs in the redwood trees, at once mysterious and enticing.
The rooms encourage indulgence. Cozy up to the fireplace or relax in the spa tub. Toast the sunset over the ocean — with Sonoma County wine, of course – on a private deck. Or just lay in bed, relaxing as you hear the ocean pounding on the rocks below.
There are great trails for a romantic stroll or a solitary walk to enjoy the scenery. At low tide, adventure out to the rocks below to discover the creatures in the tide pools.
Once at TImber Cove Inn, there’s no need to leave. The menu in its restaurant, Alexander's (707-847-3231), epitomizes farm-to-table coastal cuisine by making use of local ingredients including locally grown fruits and vegetables, Sonoma cheeses, lamb, and local seafood. The wine list primarily focuses on acclaimed Sonoma County wines.
After dinner, enjoy s’mores at the outdoor fire pit that overlooks the spectacular ocean view.
And don’t miss this opportunity to discover the wines that call this part of Sonoma Wine Country home. Go wine tasting at Fort Ross Vineyard & Tasting Room (15725 Meyers Grade Road, Jenner, 707-847-3460), a 20-minute drive from Timber Cove Inn.
Spend an afternoon discovering the history of the area at Fort Ross State Historic Park (19005 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3437; open Friday to Monday), just minutes south of the inn. Or just a few miles north of the inn, explore the pygmy forest at Salt Point State Park, and stroll through the magnificent spring blossoms at the 317-acre Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve.
From relaxing to exploring, Timber Cove Inn offers visitors an awesome respite in their travels.